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Support Resources

American Cancer Society Resources

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a source of support and information to Karmanos patients. Additional programs coordinated through the ACS provide helpful services to receive support during treatment such as Road to Recovery, where ACS volunteers provide patient transportation to and from treatment; Reach for Recovery mentoring and support program, and the Look Good Feel Better beauty and emotional healing program.

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Cancer Care Conferences

A multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists, including doctors, residents (doctors-in-training), nurses and other health care professionals involved, gathers weekly to discuss patient care to ensure that a comprehensive evaluation of treatment options takes place.

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Cancer Survivor Rehabilitation

The cancer survivor rehabilitation specialists at McLaren Clarkston partner with you from diagnosis and throughout your recovery. Cancer survivors can experience a variety of symptoms that can be prevented, managed and improved with treatment by McLaren physical therapists.

Our goal is to support the cancer survivor throughout their journey to a full recovery and lifelong health.

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Lymphedema Treatment

Therapy and Treatment for Lymphedema

What is Lymphedema?

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Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluids that occurs when your lymphatic system is impaired. Lymphatic vessels, which assist in fluid discharge, can become impaired as a result of the removal of lymph nodes, from chemotherapy, or from radiation treatments. When breast cancer related lymphedema occurs, there is a swelling or change in tissue texture occurring in the arm and upper torso.

Treatment Options:

  • Manual Lymph Drainage: A manual technique is performed to open lymphatic pathways and move fluid to areas where it can be reabsorbed into the system
  • Multi-Layer Bandaging: Short stretch compression bandages are used to create a gradient of pressure to move fluid and decrease swelling
  • Patient Education: Regarding skin care, precautions and prevention
  • Therapeutic Exercises: Exercises specific to the needs of each individual patient
  • Facilitate referral for appropriate compression garment

Goals of our Program:

  • Reduce the size of limb
  • Decrease the risk for infection or hospitalization
  • Self management of lymphedema
  • Improve function and mobility of the limb
  • Decrease pain associated with excessive limb size

Relative Contraindications:

  • You may not be a candidate for lymphedema treatment if you have any of the following:
  • Acute viral/bacterial infection
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Untreated malignancy

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Reflection Area

This specially designated area is for patients and family members who need time for quiet reflection, a place to discuss treatment options or read. Depending on the location this could be a quiet room or garden.

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Support Groups, Screenings, and Programs

For a list of our support groups, screenings, and special programs located around McLaren Clarkston hospitals, click here.

For Karmanos Detroit or Farmington Hills locations, please click these links: support groups, cancer screening information, special programs and education

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